Your spine needs a good night’s sleep too. We all know that there is a proper posture for standing, but what about sleeping? Depending on how you prefer to sleep, there is a proper posture for you to take when sleeping to help you and your spine get a great night’s rest. Keep reading to find out which posture would work best for you.
The key to a restful night? Put it in neutral. When it comes to sleep, neutral means a position that supports the funky way your spine is shaped—forward curves at the neck and lower back and a backward sway in the middle. Just as there’s a good standing posture, the neutral position is a good sleeping posture.
That’s why there’s all the fuss over finding a mattress and pillow that keep your spine correctly aligned and stress-free. “Imagine holding your wrist backward for a period of time. It’s unnatural and uncomfortable,” says Roger Smith, DO, a Harvard Medical School sleep expert. “Without the proper support, your spine feels the same way.” Here’s how to find neutral.
If you have lower back pain, a small flat pillow under your knees may help your back curve naturally.
A pillow between your knees can help to keep the pressure off of your hips.
If you must sleep in this back-unfriendly way, a flat pillow under your tummy can help keep the spine’s natural curves.